Welcome to the Darrouzet-Nardi Lab homepage!
Last updated August 21, 2018
ABOUT THE LAB: I am an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Texas at El Paso. The goal of our lab is to use ecological field experiments to investigate plant and soil processes that drive terrestrial ecosystems, especially in mountains, deserts, and the Arctic tundra. Many of our projects also include a global change component such as the effects of invasive species, air pollution, or climate change.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: I'm about to start the process of looking for students again. It's time to grow the lab. We have several grants incoming so there will be some support. I haven't put together formal position ads yet, but if you have interests in deserts, carbon cycling, or isotopes, definitely consider contacting me! I've also separately been searching for someone with strong programming and quantitative skills to develop several areas of research and methodological interest in the lab. The lab is especially welcoming of people from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in science such as first-generation students, women, and minorities. More information here.
CURRENT WORK: A major focus of the lab is a National Science Foundation funded project examining the fungal loop hypothesis. We are currently conducting a multi-site experiment to study the fungal loop in desert ecosystems. More specifically, we are looking at subterranean fungal connections between biological soil crusts (don't bust the crust!) and plants in three different deserts: the Chihuahuan desert near El Paso, the Colorado Plateau near Moab, and, between those, the Sevilleta LTER near Albuquerque. We have what I consider to be a truly excellent team of PIs, postdocs, technicians, graduates, and undergraduates working on this project. We are also building up data on both enzyme activities in Arctic soils and carbon cycling in drylands that will hopefully lead to larger projects down the line.
Department of Biological Sciences
500 W. University Ave.
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968
Office: Biology B401
Lab: Biology B419
Pronunciation of Darrouzet: DARE-uh-ZET.